Simpson or USP? Each company has a wide range of framing connectors that meets the needs of almost every type of wood connection you can think of. In addition, each company provides connectors for epoxy bonding, retrofitting, and other various products to create quick structural connections. In Colorado, Simpson and USP products are commonly used, therefore EVstudio believes it’s best to specify each company.
Dual specifying connectors helps the framers keep moving in the field allowing more choices and being able to work with different suppliers who typically only carry one or the other product line.
One advantage I like about the USP catalog is that you can quickly determine a connector equal to or stronger than Simpson. USP has a “reference number” along with most USP products listed on the charts and on the hangers. The reference number matches the Simpson product name and matches or exceeds the Simpson product connector capacity. However, I never assume that the USP product is stronger than Simpson and always verify each product’s actual capacity.
I also really like Simpson’s AutoCAD menu. Once the menu is loaded you can quickly select different views of most of the Simpson products are create clean accurate details. You can learn more about the AutoCAD menu and download it for free.
As we move towards more projects being designed using Revit it’s great to have all the different components available for a complete model. Simpson has started to create the Revit families of their products; you can see what’s available and sign up to receive a notice once more families become available.
I believe it’s best to use each manufacturer’s information and advantages to create a complete library and useful tools to provide the best information of the framing plans. Your framer will appreciate your time in understanding Simpson and USP or any other manufacturer.